We all know that dual-booting is not an easy task to do. But if you do it right, it’s a walk in the park. But if you do it wrong, all of your data and your system is in complete danger. I was trying to dual boot Windows 10 and Fedora 25 Workstation on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series and I completely botched it.
So, here is the story from the beginning. I was trying to set up a fast virtual machine that I could code on, but it was just too slow and laggy to use, even to code. So, I opted for dual booting. I shrunk D: drive, and I left 50 gigs of unallocated space. Then, I burnt the Fedora 25 ISO file to a USB flash drive via Rufus, then I booted it from UEFI settings, but it just didn’t work. I had tried everything, I was out of solutions. Then my dad recognized the drive label was different. He told me that it had to be specific, not just anything you want. We re-labeled the drive and booted again. Still didn’t work, it was stuck at the loading screen at about half. We rebooted and this time we went into text view so that we could see what was going on. It was stuck on some sort of WPA applicant thingy. We, once more, tried everything, but one thing worked. We booted from legacy mode settings, and it worked! Then we finally installed Fedora 25 on my hard drive.
But, when we tried to boot, it passed the WPA applicant part but it got stuck on “creating user something something UID 1000”. Rebooting somehow solved the problem, and voila! I am able to log- Oh no. It is now stuck on the grey screen that comes up after you enter the password. It doesn’t let me go into text mode either. “Dangit!” I shouted out. Why wouldn’t it work. I decided to take a break and boot to windows- Windows boot manager is gone. Oops.
So, I gave up on fedora, and I tried to get windows working again. I had a copy of it on a USB drive, so I used that too try and restore windows without my data being wiped, but it didn’t do anything at all. I try to get a fresh installation, doesn’t work. It was at that point that I decided that I will sacrifice the data on C: to get my PC working again. Did the same steps, nothing worked. Then, I, bravely decided to sacrifice the 600 GBs of games, movies, music, videos, etc., to restore my PC. We deleted EVERYTHING, and installed windows like new, then it decided to work. For success, I had to make the biggest sacrifice of my life (literally).
Conclusion; research before doing anything with a risk that you do not want to take. If you make a mistake and botch up everything, you have to make a sacrifice to get it working. This applies even on computers.
Don’t be like me and dive in blind into a pool of danger and risk, be wise and do research first. Take care (of your computer)!
EDIT: I was supposed to post this on Sunday, but as I said I pulled a fatality on my computer 😛